“If you love me, keep my commands” - John 14:15
The paradox of Faith and Works has been a topic of major theological tension between Christians for centuries.
The paradox is resolved when Faith and Works are no longer viewed as separate but One thing.
In the same way that light and heat both come from one source, the Sun, true faith and good works both come from one Source, the Son.
What is more important, the Heads or the Tails of a coin?
Answer: Both need to exist or else the other cannot. One implies the other.
Sometimes you’ll be focusing more on the heads, sometimes more on the tails, but at all times both are perpetually and mutually reliant upon each other. If one side did not exist we could not conceive of the other.
A cylinder will appear as either a circle or a rectangle when only its shadow is visible, depending on the perspective of the observer.
The Truth is One. But what appears to us are its mere shadows. Faith and Works are the two shadows of the One Truth. All works are a reflection of faith. Faith is the reason for all works. Want it improve your faith? It can only be done in the realm of works (outer world). Want to improve your works? It can only be done in the realm of faith (inner world). Good Works are the logical conclusion of True Faith. True Faith is the premise that brings forth Good Works. Faith without Works is dead; it has no power. Work without Faith is blind; it has no direction. The Son of God tells us that we must keep His commands if we truly love Him. You cannot love what you do not truly know. You cannot truly know what you do not love. The Father reveals His Spirit to those who seek His Son with all their heart.
But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets” - Matt 22: 34-40